Liverpool hoping to beat rivals to £100 million signing of Jadon Sancho
Liverpool have informed Borussia Dortmund of their decision to sign Jadon Sancho in the summer transfer window. The 19-year-old will cost at least £100 million, making him one of the world’s most expensive teenagers. (h/t Daily Mail)
The fee should easily break the club record of £75 million the Reds paid for Virgil van Dijk in 2018.
The youngster has been in scintillating form in the Bundesliga and has notched up 15 goals and 15 assists in 30 appearances for Dortmund. His form has seen a plethora of clubs interested in him with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid among them. (h/t Daily Mail)
Klopp is a keen admirer of the winger and also made an attempt to sign him in 2017. Liverpool are hoping that the former Dortmund manager’s close ties with the club will help in easing negotiations.
Sancho is also good friends with Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson. He is close to Rhian Brewster, the pair having helped England win the Under 17 World Cup in 2017.
Liverpool need to add to their attack in the summer following complications involving their Africa-based players. Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane could miss an important part of the season owing to the Africa Cup of Nations to be held in January 2021. Salah is also in line to represent Egypt at the Summer Olympics, bringing into question his availability for the start of the season.
The biggest stumbling block in the deal is the price. Liverpool are unlikely to spend such an amount on Sancho. The club are likelier to invest in cheaper alternatives they feel are more in line with the club’s philosophy.
The point was also brought up by Liverpool correspondent for the Athletic, James Pearce. The reliable journalist believes that the Reds are likely to make a move for Leipzig’s Timo Werner over Sancho.
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